By Deanna Howes Spiro, Director of Communications, AJCU


It’s election season and with only two weeks left until the 2018 mid-term elections, our campuses are buzzing with activity. In this month’s issue of Connections, you will learn about the many ways that Jesuit colleges and universities have encouraged their students to register to vote.

You will also learn about a brand-new course at the College of the Holy Cross that is bringing civics and civility back into the classroom. Two alumni, a former Democratic Congressman and a Republican campaign strategist, are giving back to their alma mater by team-teaching a class on elections and campaign management. In the process, they are demonstrating civility and respect, and inspiring students to model such behavior inside and outside of the classroom.

And speaking of students who are modeling civil and civic behavior, we’re pleased to share news about the Jesuit Student Government Alliance (JSGA). The JSGA is the newest member of the AJCU Network and is currently co-chaired by the student government presidents of Creighton University and Saint Louis University. Click here to learn more about their plans to share best practices and work with each other in pursuit of common goals on Jesuit campuses.

We hope that the election season has been an exciting one on your campuses, presenting your communities with opportunities to engage in constructive dialogue and teach students how their civic responsibility to vote can truly make a difference.